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PEDIATRIC PHYSICAL THERAPY

A child who comes to Horseplay Therapy Center for physical therapy works one on one with a therapist to increase gross motor function.  They might work on things like head control, sitting balance,  crawling, standing, walking, going up and downstairs, jumping, running, or walking on a balance beam.

Achieving physical therapy goals brings each child closer to reaching their highest level of potential.

On horseback, the therapist uses different positions to work different muscle groups. The horse’s movement naturally challenges the rider’s balance and coordination. Horses walk like humans walk, so a child who is non ambulatory is able to feel the body movements associated with walking. By riding the horse and feeling the repetitive motion of the horse’s walk, a non ambulatory child can often learn to walk themselves.

Our physical therapists spend time working off of the horse as well as on the horse for maximized results.

WHO BENEFITS?

At Horseplay Therapy Center we treat children with a variety of diagnoses. These include Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, ASD, Traumatic Brain Injuries, Spinal Cord Injury, sensory processing disorders, genetic disorders, and more.

Some Diagnoses That Benefit:

OUR TEAM OF SPECIALISTS

Our mission is to provide equine assisted physical, occupation, and speech therapy services to all children who would benefit, to improve their quality of life and help them to reach their highest  potential.

MEET OUR TEAM

“After Maliah started doing hippotherapy, she finally started saying her first words and taking her first steps.”

• Maliah’s mom

“Our daughter Kaelynn is 6 years old and has been participating in hippotherapy for a year and a half. We have seen results at home and at school that we were not seeing in the traditional therapy setting. Prior to starting hippotherapy, Kaelynn could walk and run but was uncoordinated, and had no fine motor skills. Over time we noticed that running became more natural for her, her hands became stronger, and she actually wanted to color, string beads, and cut with scissors. These things were super hard for her prior to starting hippotherapy.   She is also better at following directions and concentrating to complete her tasks.  The best part is that Kaelynn doesn’t even realize she is in therapy when she is on the horse. She’s just excited that she get to go horseback riding every Wednesday! I would highly recommend Horseplay Therapy to any parent who has a child with special needs!!”

• Kaelynn’s mom

Individual Results May Vary